Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
What the tree huggers will find even more horrifying than chimp warfare is how lions kill baby lions.
True story. When the alpha male of a lion pride is challenged by another male lion and loses, the new lion takes over the pride. This happens inevitably as the the former alpha lion ages. Now the new head lion will often KILL all the lion cubs in the pride. Not because he's hungry, but because he doesn't like the fact that the baby lions are not his.
A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift
Linux? Or do I have to buy a mac.
New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100
West, just by the fact of existing, messed up Africa.
Before white men's ships arrived, Africans were living in their tribal villages leading simple agricultural or hunter/gatherer lives. Just as people all over the world have been doing for ten thousand years. It was no paradise, but they had a balance with natural forces where the population wouldn't grow faster than the food supply.
Then comes the white man with his antibiotics and high-yielding maize (which he got from the New World Indians, but that's another story). Suddenly infant mortality went down and crop yields went up and population could grow like crazy. But Africans never developed the institutions and social structures necessary to support a densely populated society that the Europeans and East Asians did. African nations today still run pretty much like they did thousands of years ago, local warlords taking power. Except now it's millions of people instead of a few villages.
Africans would've been infinitely better off left completely to their own devices. Would they still be living in stone age primitive societies? Yes. Would it be preferable to what they have now? Yes.
Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
My luggage only has a 3 digit passcode, iphone is 10 times stronger encrypted!
An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly
I thought they were talking about Pitfall the game where your block-shaped character jumps over crocodiles. Open source version? Yes please.
NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX
It's not a matter of whether Boeing deserves the extra cash or not. Deserve has nothing to do with it.
Boeing simply cannot (and will not) do it for less than the $4.2 billion, otherwise they'd be losing money. But SpaceX can do the same job for less, at $2.6 billion. So you could say SpaceX is much more efficient than Boeing.
So why didn't NASA just give the whole thing to SpaceX and save money? Redundancy, hedging your bets, not putting all your eggs in one basket, etc.
The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming
Multiplayer can be and often is what you describe. But it depends on the community.
Some of the best online gaming experiences can be found on private servers (for those games that have them). Since anyone with moderate knowledge and resources can run a private server, there are many of them. A server's community tends to reflect the values of the owner, so just browse GTOP100 or other similar sites and look for well-policed friendly ones.
Also look for one with an active forum. Since the PS community tends to be small, you'll get to know most of the active players after a while. Browsing the forum will give you the flavor of the community.
Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
Clearly you've never heard of Star Trek.
Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
That's a good attitude to take. Even though I am on the other side of the AGW debate, I'll agree with you there.
Small change I might suggest is that some of the beachfront homes in Malibu are getting hammered now due to erosion (nothing to do with sea levels or AGW, just plain beach erosion). So let's just say a coastal city such as LA or New York. I'll stay in NYC, you move inland.
Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes
let all the texting/tweeting drivers go into a special lane just for them.
Build concrete dividers between that and regular lanes. With titanium reinforcements.
Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)
I am not bound by treaty. I am bound only by the laws of my country.
If Congress says I can keep the gold I just mined off Ceres, it's mine. Would the Russian government come after me for their share? Good luck to them.
Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
maybe some groups have a genetic limitation to the likely of above average intelligence.
There is no maybe, every study that has ever looked into this since the dawn of science has confirmed this. Hell you don't even have to ask science, every average Joe on the street knows this already from life experience.
It's just in the last ~20 years that political correctness mass hysteria has gripped academia and the media to where it's become a thoughtcrime to think any other thought than that all races are exactly equal in every aspect except maybe skin melanin level.
And it's just the United States and a couple of other Western European countries afflicted with this weirdness. If you were to go to, say, Japan or Russia and say to a scientist, "Some races have higher genetic disposition for intelligence than others", he will most likely shrug and say "Yeah, so what?"
But just in case you're young and everything you've ever read has been sanitized by the Academic Department of Purethought: the highest average IQ of any human race/group belongs to Ashkenazi Jews.
When Scientists Give Up
The amount of money that Exxon spends -- actually the amount of money that the entire oil industry spends on climate research -- is dwarfed by government funding. By an order of magnitude. These are easily obtained figures, just look them up.
If you are a climate researcher and you need funding for your project or lab (or your very existence), what's the logical place to turn to? Answer: where the money is... the gov't.
Assuming that oil companies fund studies that disprove man-made global warming and governments fund studies that prove it, you would expect to see a 10-to-1 ratio in the number of studies published for AGW versus against. And that's pretty much what you see out there.
How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
The problem is you're not in a position to be able to evaluate the evidence - climate science is difficult and specialised.
Yes, only the priests at the Holy Temple of Algore are allowed to evaluate climate evidence.
Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
Let the really smart kids (IQ > 130) take traditional CS. They can deal with the theory and advanced math.
The kinda bright kids (IQ 100 - 120ish) can take Computer Programming where they learn to code in the real world. Teach some business-y stuff too while they're at it. Only math required would be high school algebra and geometry. Maybe some trig but that's it.
Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images
As anyone who has done VR panorama stitching can tell you, software can only do so much. The output will have some issues, like things not lining up quite correctly or colors being off in one section, etc. So you have do some Photoshop work to make it look good.
Kind of like the raw data vs. adjusted data issue. If they show you the massaged data to back up a claim, but then say they accidentally lost the raw data (or outright refuse to release it, as in some cases)... well then you know they're no longer in the realm of science but a religious crusade.
Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store
2) GPL allows you to repackage software, but not under the same trademark. You can do whatever with the code, but cannot distribute it as Firefox if it's not coming from Mozilla. E.g. Debian had to rename their Firefox branch as IceWeasel
Question: can I repackage Firefox binaries and distribute it along with my other files? I made a php application and wanna make it a turnkey WAMP stack. It will be called "MyCool PHP App" and the word Firefox won't appear anywhere.
Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
aside from artificial gravity, nothing. No amount of exercise bike pedaling will save your optic nerves from being in zero G too long.
There isn't really any good reason to put people in orbit for 6 months+. Rotate them out every couple of months. Yes we needed data on long-term microgravity effects on the human body. We have them now, zero G does bad things to your body. So don't do it for extended periods.
Fly in the ointment is the expected trip to Mars, which will take 9 months to a year. Fortunately people like Zubrin have developed advanced technologies to deal with this. It's called a rope. Attach the Mars spacecraft to a ballast via a rope (they call it tether) and spin it until you get 1/3rd G. Problem solved.
How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
Actually the newest version of RHEL comes with MariaDB 5.5 as default, not mysql. But MariaDB is more "open" than MySQL, so your point stands.
ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science
People are different.
Genders are different...
Races are different...
But but... in the USA, everyone is above average and everyone is equally talented. Kumbayah and flower power.
Funny how an entire nation can delude itself into thinking weird thoughts that, to an impartial outsider would seem utter madness. I blame the 60's unicorn liberals who are now firmly in charge (they're in their 50's and 60's now in positions of power).